By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – It’s fitting that Cody Prewitt would be alerted to his rise in status by his high school coach.
That’s how Prewitt sees the college game now – like high school.
The Ole Miss safety led the SEC with six interceptions and was named first-team All-America by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
He is one of six SEC players to make the first team, half of them on each side of the ball.
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri end Michael Sam joined Prewitt on defense. Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans and Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio made the first-team offense.
Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson made the second team offense. He won The Conerly Trophy as the state’s top player earlier this year.
“My high school coach actually called me when I was in the locker room,” Prewitt said. “I haven’t had a chance to think about it. It’s starting to feel a little crazy, a little unreal for doing something that I love. It’s a humbling feeling.”
Prewitt is being held out of bowl practice with a broken nose. He is expected to play when the Rebels take on Georgia Tech Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Prewitt had earlier been named first-team All-SEC by AP and the league’s coaches and All-America by USA Today.
He is the first Ole Miss safety to be named first-team All-America since Harry Harrison in 1973.
Prewitt, a junior from Bay Springs, also shared the team lead in tackles with 70, broke up seven passes and forced two fumbles.
In his second season as a full-time starter, his third with significant playing time, Prewitt says experience has helped the game slow down.
“It feels like I’m playing in high school. That’s the kind of speed that I feel like I’m playing at right now. It’s comfortable you know. I come out on the field and it just feels like I’m at home,” he said.
Most impressive about Prewwit’s season is not the passes he picked off, but the ones he almost did, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says.
“You guys know from watching games, he could have easily had 12, probably, and he would be the first to tell you that.”